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  1. I'm trying to upgrade the way I pack my hammer, a Plumb 24oz brick hammer. Right now I use the hammer holster off my carpenter's belt. I don't have them right here so I will borrow pics from marketers (see end of post). One option is to find a full sized sheath like maybe the Estwing 23 and another is to do what I am already doing, just with a cover on the chisel end, So I have two questions...... (1) If you use a full sized sheath, and you're regularly reaching for your hammer, do you keep the flap snapped down, or will the hammer ride ok with the flap loose? (2)
  2. aplomado

    Cold chisel ok?

    I was looking at getting a chisel for extracting fossils from limestone and slate. I was presuming masonry chisels are "best"... however, most of the masonry chisels I have seen are quite large, and I wanted one smaller. Are cold chisels suitable?
  3. I'm looking at estwing hammers. What would better- to get one with a pick or chisel end? Are the "brick" hammers ok for rocks? The fossil rock here is mostly soft limestone. I was planning on getting a rock chisel or two to go with it. I've not used these before, but I've run across fossils in rock that I've wanted to extract. Mostly we just surface collect or sieve.
  4. Planko

    Electric Hand Chisel

    Hey all. I am looking at getting an electric hand held chisel. I have a few in mind but cannot find one with rock chisels for a hand held. Anyone have a suggestion. Yes, air with a compressor would be better but noise is an issue as I like working in the garage very early.
  5. rachelgardner01

    Cole hill

    I found somebody's chisel at Coal Hill today! I drive just about everywhere so just message me and I can drop somewhere you can pick it up.
  6. I know that eye protection, padded gloves for hammering to reduce harmful vibrations, and many other safety measures have been oft repeated on this forum to guard against injury, but I haven't seen much about ear protection specifically in regards to fossil hunting. First, an unnecessary backstory: I recently came to the realization that I have tinnitus and, being a bit of a hypochondriac, got myself freaked out over it. But that is, of course, silly since I can remember having tinnitus for years but just not really thinking about it. After calming down and realizing th
  7. skiman1016

    Chisel Type Suggestions

    I am looking to purchase a couple chisels that will work well in the shale typically found in western New York. I have read several threads and have a general idea of the sizes that I’d need, but I wanted to be sure I got the right type of chisels. Should I get cold chisels or masonry/brick chisels? From what I’ve heard elsewhere online, hardware stores usually say that cold chisels are for metal but I’ve seen them recommended for fossils in several threads. Are either options okay to use? I’m mostly asking in terms of safety.
  8. Udderly Abducted

    Beginner tools help!

    Hi everyone, I’m a beginner, and I need some help buying some tools. I have settled on Estwing since I have always been a fan of their hammers and it seems that you all are fans too. I need help on deciding if I should get a hammer with a pick or chisel end. I think I’m leaning towards the 22oz pick ended one. I noticed that Estwing makes this hammer in two lengths. Should I get the 13” or 16”? What about their pick ax? Do I need this right now? I also need help choosing some chisels. I don’t know what sizes I should get. Also, what s
  9. sTamprockcoin


    Someone broke into my jeep last Friday night and stole my small digital camera used on collecting trips, my brand new Estwing rock pick (l3ather wrapped handle -gift from a friend) & my Estwing drilling hammer, chiselsk and some phone/ audio cables. Not enough for an insurance claim and most everyone says I lost just a bunch of hammers.
  10. So I'm aiming to visit some of the Altamira Shale (Monterey Formation Shale) exposures in my city and try to find some fossils in fallen shale pieces. However, I simply cannot find a good way to split shale (I also have small rocks of Altamira Shale in my backyard, which could be seen as a sort of "practice"). The shale that I get are usually very hard and compact, as seems to not crack very easily with the materials I have. I don't have a real chisel, but I makeshift them (nail, screws, and screwdrivers). When I use them, it seems to just dig a hole in the area where I'm striking at and creat
  11. JohnBrewer

    Pointy or chisel

    It’s Father’s Day in the U.K. soon and I’ve been asked by one of my older daughters what I would like and I’ve opted for a new estwing. Shall I go pointy or chisel? I hunt in a variety of places both errr rock hard to soft shale. My existing hammer is chisel but I’ve never really used that end. My current hammer won’t be carried with a the hammer. Weight in the bag will be used for fossils not equipment!
  12. Hello everyone, I will be going out for the first time to collect the lower Devonian Helderberg Group. I am wondering about which chisel and geology hammer are most appropriate for splitting the rock. Any help is appreciated. Joseph
  13. NWGeoFan

    Chisel sharpening

    Does anyone have any good tips for sharpening a chisel? Mine has recently grown dull from excursions to the local quarry for quartz. Any tips are appreciated!
  14. I got this cape chisel a long time ago with a bunch of other tools at a flea market. Up until today I think the only thing I had used it for was to remove a woodruff key. Paired with a little 1 lb drilling hammer, you can do surprisingly delicate work removing matrix. Just figured I'd share. It went from sitting on a shelf to being one of my favorite tools
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